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This summer Christian Thomas joined Steve Stamkos, Jeff Skinner and James Neal and others to train with Gary Roberts in Toronto for his high intensity workout camp.

Dan Rosen, at NHL.com, went to the camp and report on the program that Roberts has these players on.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]The initial phase stresses general strengthening and corrective exercises designed to fix nagging injuries or imbalances that might have developed during an 82-game NHL season. The second phase is focused on strength and power, and the third phase is structured to provide the speed and endurance necessary to be prepared for training camp. [/sny-box]

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Two seasons ago Christian Thomas lit up the scoreboard in the OHL with 54 goals and 45 assists and last season he was expected to compete for the OHL scoring title.

Instead, Thomas finished the season with 34 goals and 33 assists. Thomas didn't make Team Canada for the World Juniors either.

At OHL Prospects, Brock writes "Obviously, he's incredibly talented, but something was lacking this year. His shot and ability to get himself open are pro ready. He's a tremendous goal scorer, which everyone knows. I think the biggest difference in his game this year was the lack of aggression. While Christian's never been an overtly physical player, he has previously been a very tenacious and hungry player without the puck. That part of his game was lacking a bit this year, as he seemed to coast at times."

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Update: 11:44AM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Thomas has a shot at the 13th forward spot.

Update: 9:21AM: James Duthie tweets that Thomas was not one of the seven players cut from camp this morning. Team Canada still has seven more forwards to cut

Original Post:In the National Post, via Buzzing the Net, George Johnson writes about Christian Thomas and what it is like for him to be the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas.

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At Hockey's Future, Leslie Treff lists the Rangers top 20 prospects.

She has Chris Kreider first, Christian Thomas second and Tim Erixon third.

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Brock at OHL Prospects picks Christian Thomas to lead the OHL is goals this season.

Thomas finished second in goal scored last season behind Tyler Toffoli. He picks Thomas because of the talent surrounding him in Oshawa and because "he's such a consistent workhorse. "

He also picks Thomas to be the first line RW on his all-star team.

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"I used to say that when Brendan Shanahan would do his one-timer, he had about a 14-inch backswing. I used to call it the 'wow' shot, because when it comes off the stick, you just have to say wow," says Graves. "Christian's shot is more of a drag-snapper, but it's still one of those 'wow' shots, where the puck just rockets off his stick. I couldn't advise him on shooting any better than he already shoots."

Adam Graves on Thomas

Prospect Scott Stajcer says that Thomas' shot is "tremendous," accurate and that "he can really rip the puck."

Thomas scored 54 goals for Oshawa last season. He scored 41 the season before. He had nine goals in ten playoff games last season.

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At NYRangers.com, Christian Thomas is the latest to be profiled in the "20 Prospects in 20 Days" series.

Thomas, who scored 54 goals last season, says that he likes his role:

"I would say I'm a goal-scorer. After the last two years in the OHL, I feel like I'm pretty good at finding the back of the net," Thomas said. "My shot is one of my biggest things, and hopefully that can translate to the NHL level and I can still score goals there.
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Last season for the Oshawa Generals, Christian Thomas had 54 goals and 45 assists in 66 games. In the playoffs, Thomas led the Generals to the second round and had 9 goals and 10 assists in 10 games.

He told Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United that he is a goal oriented person:

I completed all my goals (this season) and beyond. I reached 50 goals and went a little beyond. But I reached my main goal which was to help my team reach the playoffs, and I had a great time being able to do that for the first time. Everyone had told me it's a different style of game in the playoffs, a lot more physical, but I really liked it and thought I did well. Now my goals are to play the best I can in Traverse City, then in (training) camp so that the Rangers can see how much better I've gotten.

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The OHL announced that Rangers 2010 second round pick Christian Thomas was named OHL player of the week for the third time this season.

Thomas has three goals and six assists for Oshawa in the playoffs against Kingston. Oshawa is up 3-0 in that series.

He was named OHL Player Of The Week earlier this month and in November.

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Stumpy?s kid, Christian Thomas, is off to a red-hot start with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League with eight goals in his first four games. He?s a draft pick of the New York Rangers
Steve Simmons

...I really like Thomas. Think he can be a player at the NHL level.

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